MONDAY, JANUARY 10
29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’”
Mark 12:29-30 (NLT)
AM I LOVING GOD WITH ALL MY HEART?
Dr. Danny Akin said, “Humans love to ask what I call “mega” or “greatest” questions. What was the greatest empire in world history? The greatest leader? The greatest baseball player? The greatest football player? The greatest basketball player? The Greatest Movie? Interest in “mega” questions is not new. They go back even to the time of Jesus when a religious leader asked our Lord about the greatest, “the most important” of all the commandments.
A scribe tried to test Jesus by asking what was the most important commandment. Jesus always passes the test of truth. Jesus responded with the “Shema” prayer, He acknowledged the Lord God as most important and that complete devotion to Him is the most important of the commandments. In this we see that what God really wants from man is love. We can obey God without loving Him, but if we do love Him obedience will follow.
Jesus’ answer to the “mega” question remains the answer to why we exist as a church. We exist to love God. “Heart” speaks to our emotions, the real me on the inside. Do you have a genuine love for God or do you simply try to appear “religious”? Have you given your heart to Jesus in faith and repentance?
Express your emotional love for God today in prayer.